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March 2002

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Friday, March 29, 2002

Virginia D. Hines

Age, 81, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on August 13, 1920, at Lackey, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Bee and Bessie DeRossett Daniels. She was a retired florist and a member of the Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky. Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary Leslie of Prestonsburg, Ky., Nell Ruth Leslie Slone of Martin, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Kim, Jim, Pam, Lora, David, Karen, Mark, Joe Dale, and Sherri Lynn, and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Judith Gale Leslie Shepherd; one sister, Ruth Hazlett; and one brother, Clay Daniels. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 29, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Rev. Arnold Turner officiating. Burial will be in the Family Cemetery, Abbott Mountain, Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Frank Mayo Leslie

Age, 81, of Cow Creek, Prestonsburg, Ky., died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on July 17, 1920, in Emma, Ky., he was the son of Lewis Crittenden Leslie and Clara Mae Gunnell Leslie. He was a member of the Railroad Brotherhood; a member of the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church; a member of the Odd Fellows; Honorary member of VFW, and a Floyd County Rescue Squad member. He was retired from C&O Railway, and an former Floyd County High Sheriff. He is survived by his wife, Hester Woods Leslie. Other survivors include five sons, Jerry Mayo Leslie of Chapmanville, W. Va., Bennett Lee Leslie, Darrell Keith Leslie, and John Paul Leslie, all of Prestonsburg, Ky., one special son, David Woods of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Ralph Leslie of Emma, Ky.; one sister, Bonnie Walters of Emma, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Angela (Edwin) Burton, Brandon (Heather) Leslie, Rebecca (Bill) Vance, Jonathan Leslie, Blake Leslie, Shea (Chris) Lafferty, Amber Leslie, Amanda Leslie, Allison Leslie, and Kandra Leslie; and three great-grandchildren, Nathan Burton, Will Vance, and Kristian Leslie. He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Rev. David Garrett officiating. Burial will be in the Leslie Cemetery, Emma, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home. Military rites were conducted by the Auxier D.A.V. Chapter No. 18. Pallbearers are Jerry Mayo Leslie, Bennett Lee Leslie, Darrell Keith Leslie, John Paul Leslie, Bill Vance, Ed Burton, Brandon Leslie, David Woods, and Blake Leslie. Honorary pallbearers: Joe Woods, Dr. Roger Jurich, Raymond Zemo, Dr. Larry Leslie, Dr. Ronald Leslie, Dr. Keith Leslie, and Dr. Blake Burchett.

Evelyn Faye Slone

Age 84, of Martin, Ky., widow of William P. Slone, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Riverview Health Care Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was born June 2, 1917, in Louisa, Ky., the daughter of the late Robert Henson and Effie Curnutte Henson. Survivors include one daughter, Carol Judd of Drift, Ky.; one sister, Tellie Copley of Louisa, Ky.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Randy Osborne, officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Grandchildren, Lester T. Judd, John A. Judd, Mark A. Judd; great-grandchildren, Christopher T. Judd, Adam R. Judd, Whitney C. Judd, and great-great-grandchild, Christopher T. Judd II.

Bill H. Hutchison

Age, 61, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Thursday, March 28, 2002, at his residence, after an illness of four years. He was born April 30, 1940, in Olive Hill, Ky., a son of James Anderson and Madge (Kitchen) Hutchison, who survive, and reside at Fallsburg, Ky. He was married to Ruby (Johnson) Hutchison who survives. He was a member of Imanuel Baptist Church, a member of Thomas C. Cecil Masonic Lodge at Pikeville, Ky., and a construction worker in reclamation. Other survivors include one son, Chris Hutchison of Atlanta, Georgia; one daughter, Sherrie Stevens of Pikeville, Ky.; three step-sons and one step-daughter, Tim Collins of Paintsville, Ky., Mark Collins, and Scott Collins both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; and Tammy Blackburn of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, James Dale Hutchison of Paris, Ky.; one sister, Bonnie S. Harden of Milford, Ohio; one grandchild; and 12 step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m., from the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Rev. Jimmy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Mayo Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky. All arrangements are under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Randall Gene Hollifield

Age, 31, died Sunday, March 24, 2002. He was born March 15, 1971, the son of Randall Hollifield and Evelyn Hall Taylor, who survive him. Other survivors include his stepmother, Anita Hollifield; and his stepfather, Gerald Taylor; two brothers, Samuel Neil Hollifield and Chase Hall; and one sister, Andrea Taylor. The body was cremated and entombment was in the Hollifield Family Cemetery, Floyd County, Kentucky, with Clay Hanks officiating.

Mary Blanche Martin

Age, 85, of Bedford, Ky., passed away Monday, March 25, 2002, in Hanover, IN. Born on February 5, 1917, in Trimble County, Ky., she was the daughter of O.R. and Ella Perkinson Hill. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bedford United Methodist Church, and Trimble County Historical Society. Survivors inclue one son, James H. Martin of Madison, In.; one daughter, Linda M. Caudill of Hanover, In.; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, McClellan Martin, and one sister, Martha F. Hill. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2002, at Ransdell Funeral Home, Bedford, Ky., with Dr. Harold Henson officiating. Interment will be in the Bedford I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 p.m., Wednesday.

Beulah Scott

Age, 85, of Albion, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at the home of her daughter in Battle Creek. She was born September 8, 1916, in Breathitt County, Ky., the daughter of Edward and Bertie (Clemens) Howard. Beulah married Everett Scott on June 11,1932; he preceded her in death, 12 years ago. For many years she was employed by Farley Farms, and enjoyed being a homemaker. She was a member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church in Albion, and enjoyed crocheting, quilting, gardening and cooking. Survivors include eight daughters, Maddleen Wales of Albion, Donna Lawton of Battle Creek, Deloris Ousley, Emily Newsome, Linda Krum and Watheda Hall, all of Marshall, Deborah Luke of Parma, and Patricia Balunas of Jackson; one brother, Aaron Howard of Garrett, Ky.; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were four brothers. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Grace Freewill Baptist Church, Albion, with Reverend Earl Martin officiating. Interment followed in Lyon Lake Cemetery. Visitation was at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion.

Elder Buck Tuttle

Age, 61, of Abbott Creek, Prestonsburg, Ky., died Thursday, March 21, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on September 21, 1940, at Wayland, Ky., he was the son of the late Henry Tuttle and Daisy King Tuttle Freeze. He was a retired welder. He had been a member and Elder of Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church, Maytown, Ky., for 37 years. He is survived by his wife, Birdie Sue Tackett Tuttle. Survivors include two sons, Randy (Beverly) Tuttle of Willard, Ohio, and Danny (Jennifer) Tuttle of Berea, Ky.; three brothers, Ellis Tuttle and Holly Tuttle, both of Willard, Ohio, and Wayne Tuttle of Plymouth, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jared, Ashlee, and Ryan. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Orville Shorty Tuttle, Berton Tuttle and Carl Ray Tuttle. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 24, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Old Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church, Minnie, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Morgan Hall Cemetery, McDowell, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was Friday at the funeral home, and Saturday, at the Old Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church.

Eliza J. Johnson

Age, 86, of Rittman, Ohio, died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at the Apostolic Christian Home. She was born on August 3, 1915, in Marshall County, Ky., the daughter of Garfield and Nancy (Honeycutt) Collins, and lived in Weeksbury, Ky., before moving to Rittman in 1995. She was a former dietician at McDowell Hospital in McDowell, Ky., and was a member of the Joppa Regular Baptist Church in Melvin, Ky., for more than 60 years. Her husband, Charlie Johnson, died in 1986. A son, Billy Dean Johnson and a grandson, Billy C. Johnson, also died previously. Surviving are daughters, Judy (David) McDonald, Jeanette Selbee, Bonnie Thacker, and Mary Howell all of Rittman, and Betty (Garland) Tackett of Marshallville; a son, Charles Johnson of Rittman; 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Maggie Hall, and Diana Spivery, both of Britton, Mi. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, March 26, at 3 p.m., at Buckingham Cemetery in Floyd County, Ky. Gillman Funeral Home, Rittman, was in charge of arrangements.

Rofolo Newsome

Age 66, of Harold, Ky., husband of Lorene Isaacs Newsome, passed away Monday, March 25, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky. He was born October 20, 1935, in Grethel, Ky., the son of the late Robert Newsome and Effie Hall Newsome. Mr. Newsome was a retired coal miner, and attended the Old Regular Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Darrell Newsome of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; two daughters, Jackie Scarberry of Harold, Ky., and Gwen Cecil of Georgetown, Ky.; three brothers, Morris Newsome of Harold, Ky., Icess Newsome and Greeley Newsome, both of Grethel, Ky.; three sisters, Josephine Frasure and Joyce Hicks, both of Grethel, Ky., and Genevieve Ball of Lorain, Oh., and five grandchildren, Jordan Scarberry, Ali Cecil, Whitney Newsome, Chasey Newsome, and Baylee Newsome. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, R.S. Newsome. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 28, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Newsome Family Cemetery, Grethel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Adith Morris

Age, 83, of Hippo, Ky., died Friday, March 22, 2002. Born on September 14, 1918, in Pike County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Dennis Little and Dona Tackett Little. She was a retired cook for Allen Central High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Morris. Survivors include three sons, Shirrell Morris of Johnson County, Ky., James A. Morris of Wayland, Ky., and Patrick Dwayne Morris of Estill, Ky.; one daughter, Vivian Ousley of South Point, Ohio; one sister, Jeanette Thacker of Huntington, Ind.; seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Eva Morris; five brothers, Malcolm Little, Elbert Little, Eshmael Little, Bernard Little, and Thomas Critman; and six sisters, Elsie Layne, Lori Slone Layne, Mamie Sturgill, Zanie Hicks, Gracie Hall and one infant sister; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 24, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Earl Slone and Barry Tiller officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, Eastern, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Betty Gibson

Age 60, of Martin, Ky., wife of the late James Henry Gibson, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Ky. She was born December 17, 1941, in Pike County, Ky., the daughter of the late Alex Mullins and Alpha Price Mullins. Survivors include one son, Stephen Mullins of Harold, Ky.; two daughters, Althea Hunt of Stanville, Ky., and Kate Conn of Vanceburg, Ky.; four brothers, Chalmer Mullins and Columbus Mullins, both of Pikeville, Ky., Jeff Mullins and Will Mullins, both of Rowan County, Ky.; three sisters, Lora Mullins and Opal Adkins, both of Meadow Bridge, W.Va., Lizzie Lolley of Oakman, Al.; five grandchildren, Todd Blevins, Garrett Conn, Ryan Hunt, Kayla Blevins, and Andrea Hunt. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Keith Mullins, and two brothers, Wilburn Mullins and Lincoln Mullins. Funeral services for Betty Gibson were conducted Sunday, March 24, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Stone Coal Freewill Baptist Church, Pikeville, Ky., with the clergymen, Dwight Buckley and James Harmon, officiating. Burial followed in the Mullins Cemetery, Pikeville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the church.

Mollie M. Tackett

Age, 86, of Minford, Ohio, formerly of Weeksbury, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Elbrooke Pavillion, Minford, Ohio. She was the widow of E. Everett Tackett of Weeksbury, and the daughter of the late Willie and Evalee (Osborne) Mullins. Mollie was born June 28, 1915, in Myra, Ky. She was a member of the Wheelwright Chapter of the Eastern Star, and was of the Regular Baptist faith. Mollie is survived by one son, Everett E. Tackett of Winterhaven, Fla.; four daughters and their husbands, Mary Astor and William Middleton of Berea, Ky., Regina T. and Amos Salisbury of Stockdale, Ohio, Phyllis D. and Glen Coldiron of Middletown, Ohio, and Beth and Rick McCoy of Richmond, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Grace Newman of Virgie, Ky.; a host of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Mullins and Alvin Mullins; two sisters, Liza Newsome and Myra McCoy, and a half sister, Draxie Mullins. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at the Hall-Jones Funeral Home, Virgie, Ky., and bural was in the Henry Tackett Cemetery, Melvin, Ky.

Donald B. Ball

Age 77, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Saturday, March 23, 2002, at the V.A. Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after an extended illness. He was born April 27, 1924, in Prestonsburg, Ky., a son of the late Richard and Alice (Vaughn) Ball. He was a veteran, having served in W.W. II, and owner of Ball’s Restaurant in Prestonsburg, Ky. for many years. He retired from Hardees Restaurant Chain, where he worked in management. He was married to Fannie (Wallen) Ball who preceded him in death. He is survived by one son and one daughter, James Richard Ball of Ind., and Donna Ball Collins of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two brothers, Print Ball of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Richard Ball Jr., of Ypsilanti, Mich.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 25, at 11 a.m., from the Burke Funeral Home Chapel in Prestonsburg, Ky. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky. All arrangements were under the direction of Burke Funeral Home.

Monday, March 25, 2002

Larry Lee Schuster, Jr.

Services for SSG Larry Lee Schuster Jr., 37, were Friday March 15 at the Runge Mortuary Chapel with cremation to follow. Larry passed away Monday, March 11, in his home in LeClaire, Iowa. SSG Schuster served in the U.S. Army for 15 years. He served in Desert Storm and received a Bronze Star. He later served in the Hawaii National Guard as an aircraft technical inspector before stationing in the Iowa National Guard as a supply sergeant and PSCO. He was an active member of the Koa-Puno Motorcycle Club of Oahu, Hawaii. He was born October 10, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is preceded in death by his father, Larry Lee Schuster, Sr., and grandfather, John Schuster, and survived by his mother, Sidnee Ahn Schuster, Honolulu, Hawaii; wife Annette Peterson; son, Samuel Schuster; step-children, Alan Clarke, Shaun Jackson, Christa Jackson; grandmother, Mildred Schuster, Ohio; sister Kelly (Kim) Henson, Johnstown, Ohio.

Friday, March 22, 2002

Nancy Akers Leedy

Nancy Akers Leedy was born May 12, 1916, the daughter of Webster and Ida Hamilton Akers. She married Tolva Leedy November 24, 1937. They had six children. Mrs. Leedy worked as a cook at Betsy Layne High School for many years. She was a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She was a devoted Christian and an avid Bible reader. She set a wonderful example for her family and friends. She was an active member for several years, as well as a lifetime member of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and thoroughly enjoyed several years as a participant in the Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center. For the past seven years, she received excellent care at the Happy House Adult Day Care Center. She resided with her granddaughter, Robin Slone, and her husband, Virgil, at Hi Hat, Ky., for the past 12 years. She passed away suddenly and peacefully in her sleep, Sunday, March 17, 2002. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years Tolva Leedy; two infant sons, (twins) Jack and Joe; her mother and father; six brothers, Grant, Marion, Carl, Tom, Monroe and Wilburn, and one sister, Abbie Shultz. She is survived by four children; Gwen McCollum, Pat DeRossett, Rosseta Collins and Ronnie Leedy; and two sisters, Lize Kidd and Nellie Martin. She also leaves to mourn her passing, 10 grandchildren, Kimberly Taylor, Sherri Barley, Dwayne DeRossett, Jerry W. Robinette, Shawntel Ray, Robin Slone, Erik Slone, Ronnie Leedy II, Ronda Leedy and Kent Leedy. Also surviving are, six great-grandchildren: Kyle, Cody and Meshawna Ray, Corey Robinette, Wesley Slone and Nathan Barley. Her sense of humor, loving and caring nature, and constant advice, will be missed by the entire family. Pallbearers: Dwayne DeRos-sett, Jerry Wayne Robinette, Virgil Slone Jr., Erik Slone, Ronnie Leedy II, Tolva Kent Leedy, Johnny Ray, and Kyle Ray. Honorary: Ronnie Leedy, Hugh Akers, Eugene Akers, Keith Akers, and Carlos Akers.

Chalmer C. (Jack) Roberts

Age, 75, of Banner, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on April 18, 1926, in Pike County, Ky., he was the son of the late Everett and Alice Jones Roberts. He was a retired CSX employee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Carr Roberts. Survivors include two sons, William E. Roberts of Banner, Ky., and Robert Clinton Roberts of Georgetown, Ky.; two daughters, Cathy Jean Spears of Banner, Ky., and Heneritta Hall of Tram, Ky.; one sister, Betty Jean Holbrook of Banner, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Joshua, Bobby, Timmy, Mary Jacquelyn, Adam, Scottie, and Billy Joe; one great-grandchild, Amber Nicole Spears, and two step-grandchildren, Chris and Chad. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 24, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Roy Robinson and Ronnie Samons officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery, Prestons-burg, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Carlie Avis Akers Sturgill

Age, 79, of Harold, Ky., died Saturday, March 16, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on November 8, 1920, in Floyd County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Robert Akers and Lillie Hall Akers. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Church of Christ at Mouth of Mud, Harold, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Sturgill. Survivors include one son, Kenneth Sturgill of Harold, Ky.; five daughters, Margaret Wilson, Reva Salisbury, Ethel Salisbury, and Kathy Hall, all of Harold, Ky., and Lurlie Kassab of San Diego, California; three brothers, Jake Akers of Grethel, Ky., Curt Akers of Betsy Layne, Ky., and Roby Akers of Harold, Ky.; 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Walter Sturgill; and five sisters, May Akers, Ruby Akers, Pearl Thacker, Nancy Mulkey, and Stella Salisbury. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Church of Christ, Mouth of Mud, Harold, Ky., with Elbert “Red” Lawson officiating. Burial was in the Salisbury and Bentley Cemetery, Toler Creek, Harold, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home, and after 10 a.m., Tuesday, at the church.

Nancy Akers Leedy

Nancy Akers Leedy passed away Sunday, March 17, 2002. Born May 12, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Webster and Ida Hamilton Akers. She worked as a cook at Betsy Layne High School for many years. She was a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church for more than 40 years; and a devoted Christian and an avid Bible reader. She set a wonderful example for her family and friends. She was an active member for several years, as well as a lifetime member of the Eastern Star, a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and thoroughly enjoyed several years as a participant in the Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center. For the past seven years she received excellent care at the Happy House Adult Day Care Center. She resided with her granddaughter Robin Slone and husband Virgil, at Hi Hat, Ky. for the past twelve years. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty four years, Tolva Leedy, whom she married November 24, 1937. They had six children. She is also preceded in death by two infant sons, (twins) Jack and Joe; her mother and father; six brothers, Grant, Marion, Carl, Tom, Monroe and Wilburn and one sister, Abbie Shultz. She is survived by her four children, Gwen McCollum, Pat Derossett, Ronnie P. Leedy and Rosseta Collins and two sisters, Lize Kidd and Nellie Martin. She also leaves to mourn her passing, eleven grandchildren, Kimberly Taylor, Wayne Derossett, Monica Justice, Sherri Barley, Jerry Robinette, Ronnie P. Leedy II, Shawn Ray, Robin Slone, Rhonda Leedy, Tolva K. Leedy, and Erik Slone. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, Kyle, Cody, Mashawna Ray, Corey Robinette, Wesley Slone and Nathan Barley. Her sense of humor, loving and caring nature, and constant advice will be missed by the entire family. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel at Martin, Ky., with Chester Ray Varney officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky.

Ruth Little

Age, 71, of Melvin, Ky., died Saturday, March 16, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on Tuesday, March 26, 1930, in Pinetop, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Van and Nan Vance Hall. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, David Little. Other survivors include three sons, Jerry (Sharon) Little of Price, Ky., Kenny Little of Maytown, Ky., and David Lee (Boo) Little of Melvin, Ky.; two daughters, Debbie Mullins of Ashboro, N. C., and Libby Anderson of Bevinsville, Ky.; one brother, See Hall of Kite, Ky.; one sister, Kathleen Gibson of Michigan; and 11 grandchildren, Brian, Michelle, Chris, Ryan, Jason, Dustin, Cory, Brandy, Randi, Ashley, and Amanda; and a special friend, Rex Vicars of Melvin, Ky. She was preceded in death by one brother, Willie Hall; three sisters, Daisy Burger, Celeste Bates, and Maggie Vance. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Little Family Cemetery, Melvin, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitiation was at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church.

Emma Mosley Hammonds

Age 94, of Ivel, widow of William T. Hammonds, died Saturday, March 16, in the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born March 23, 1907, in Orkney, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Julia Belle Gayheart Mosley. She was a merchant for the Family Grocery Store, and a member of the Pentecostal Church. She is survived by one son, Mike Hammond of Pikeville, Ky.; one daughter, Joann Burchett of Ivel, Ky.; one brother, Richard Mosley of Dwale, Ky.; one sister, Lucy Moore of McDowell, Ky.; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Emma Mosley Hammonds were conducted Tuesday, March 19, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clabe B. Mosley officiating. Burial followed in the Orkney Cemetery, McDowell, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Jackie Donald Samons

Age 62, of Langley, Ky., husband of Orpha Sue Ratliff Samons, passed away, Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, Ky., following an extended illness. He was born June 24, 1939, in Martin, Ky., the son of the late Jack Samons and Geneva Spears Samons. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Donna Marie Samons of Jackson, Mi., Elizabeth Ann Wallace and Jackie Dee Samons, both of Brandon, Florida, Tamera Millner of Las Vegas, Nevada; four brothers, Raymond Douglas Rickman of Tacoma, Wa., George Edward Rickman of Munith, Mi., Larry Randall Samons of Jonesboro, Ark., Ronald Samons of Martin, Ky.; three sisters, Ellen Irene Samon and Anna Lenora Tackett, both of Martin, Ky., Edith N. Davis of Jackson, Mi.; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services for Jackie Donald Samons will be conducted, Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Church of Christ ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Samons Family Cemetery, Martin, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Alfred G. “Hot Dog” Allen

Age 73, of Fairfax, Va., passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2002, in the Northern Virginia Memorial Hospital of Arlington, Va. Mr. Allen was a native of Hueysville, Ky., and son of the late Wayne and Mallie Craft Allen. After graduating from Maytown High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force, from 1946 to 1949, with an overseas assignment in Okinawa. While still assigned to the Air Force, he was selected for special training and assigned to the Defense Communications Agency as a telecommunications specialist. Later, as a civilian, he worked at the Pentagon in various capacities within the communications field. Retiring from the government in 1983 after 36 years, he then became a consultant to Booz-Allen and Hamilton, where he worked for eight years, retiring in 1995. Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Sexton Allen of Joplin Mo.; sister Ione Amelia Allen of Hueysville, Ky.; brothers, Thomas Jacob Allen, and William Kenneth Allen, both of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Clarence Edward Allen of Chesapeake, Va. Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Patricia K. Allen of Fairfax, Va.; sister Anna Lena Allen of Cincinnati, Oh.; brothers, Volney D. Allen of Langley, Ky., Nelson R. Allen of Ashland, Ky., Harry Gordon Allen of Hueysville, Ky., and Maurice C. Allen of Pyramid, Ky. Other surviving family members include numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, stepdaughters, Renee Crihfiled and Stephanie (Jeff) Best of Chantilly, Va., and a step-granddaughter, Nicole Alexandra Best. Following viewings at the Money and King Vienna Funeral Home of Vienna, Va., church services were held at the Faith Lutheran Church of Arlington, Va., with Dr. Neal R. Davidson presiding. An Air Force Honor Guard was in attendance when Mr. Allen was laid to eternal rest on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at the Fairfax Memorial Park in Fairfax, Va.

William Andrew “Boo” Cecil

Age 75, of Stanville, Ky., passed away Sunday, March 17, 2002, at the Greenbriar Health Center, Wheelersburg, Ohio. He was born September 26, 1926, in Harold, Ky., the son of the late Bert Cecil and Ada Burchett Cecil. He was a retired auto body shop mechanic. Survivors include five brothers, Hillard Cecil of Stanville, Ky., Charles Cecil and Mike Cecil, both of Sieverville, Tn., Howard Cecil of Springhill, Fl., Richard Cecil of Sandusky, Oh.; three sisters, Rhoda Mae Springstead of Sandusky, Oh., Jodie Mae Cummings of Gulfport, Ms., Maudie May of Allen, Ky.; one half-sister, Opal Minix of Michigan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one half-sister, Norma Kazee. Funeral services for William Andrew “Boo” Cecil will be conducted Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Doug Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Dean Cecil, Jack Cecil, Lloyd Layne, Marty Rice, Jimmy Cecil Jr., James Duncan, and Robert Springstead.

Stella Martin Hamilton

Age 96, of Minnie, Ky., widow of Hugh Scottie Hamilton, died Sunday, March 17, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, McDowell, Ky. Born February 11, 1906, in Minnie, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Noah and Josie Martin. She was a homemaker. She is survived by one brother, James Martin of Drift, Ky., and one sister, Edith Hopkins of Minnie, Ky. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Harry Hargis officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, at Minnie, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Leonard Hobson

Age, 77, of McDowell, Ky., died Monday, March 18, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on October 5, 1924, in McDowell, Ky., he was the son of the late George Douglas and Mary Fife Hobson. He was a retired coal miner and a member of UMWA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Hall Hobson. Survivors include three sons, Leonard Hobson Jr. of Wayne, Mich., Bobby Hobson of Louisa, Ky., and Michael Hobson of Ligon, Ky.; two daughters, Judy Frasure of McDowell, Ky. and Sharon Campbell of Prestonsburg, Ky.; three brothers, Henry Hobson of Elkhart, Ind., Earl Hobson of Winchester, Ky., Homer Hobson of London, Ky.; four sisters, Geneva Beverly of Winchester, Ky., Becky Elliott of McDowell, Ky., Virginia Osborne of Indiana, Viola Sexton of Hamilton, Oh.; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charlie Hobson, and two infant brothers; and five sisters, Wanda, Sarah, Hazel, Alice, and Pearlie Caudill. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at 10 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Homer Howell, and others, officiating. Burial will be in the Anderson Cemetery, Mouth of Spewing Camp, McDowell, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Pallbearers are: Randy Frasure, Tim Frasure, Joe Campbell, Bobby D. Hobson, Scott Webb, Randall Frasure, Tim Hall, Dough Shepherd, Larry Strasdin and Chris Guyton. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Oma Williams Warrens

Age 87, of Somerset, Ky., wife of the late Woodrow Warrens, passed away Saturday, March 16, in the Somerset Nursing Rehabilitation, Somerset, Ky. Born September 5, 1914, in Honaker, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Felix T. and Tona Moore Williams. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church. She is survived by five sons, Oakley Warrens of Cleveland, Oh., Bobby Warrens of Columbus, Oh., Johnny Warrens of Niles, Oh., David Warrens of Wayland, Ky., and Douglas Warrens of Portland, Or.; seven daughters, Taryn Harper of Somerset, Ky., Wanda Brohard, Peggy Halter, Ernestine Warrens and Donna Hall, all of Columbus, Oh., Sherry Akers of Richmond, Ky., and Debie Warrens of Kodak, Tn.; one brother, Elder Clifford Williams of McDowell, Ky.; two sisters, Emily Story of Cleveland, Oh., and Mona Hughes of Abany, Ky.; 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted, 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, at the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial followed in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell, Ky., under the care of Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the church.

Gordon Carroll

Age 81, of Martin, Ky., husband of the late Pearlie Carroll, passed away, Monday, March 18, 2002, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, McDowell, Ky. He was born May 30, 1920, in Martin, Ky., the son of the late Taylor Carroll and Betty Carroll. He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include three sons, Gordon Neal Carroll of Langley, Ky., Freddie Gene Carroll of Pikeville, Ky., and Ted Phillip Carroll of McDowell, Ky.; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted, Friday, April 22, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky. Burial will follow in the Bradley Cemetery, Langley, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. 

Friday, March 15, 20002

Gene Kelley

Age, 69, of Endicott, Ky., died Saturday, March 9, 2002, following a brief illness. Born on September 17, 1932, in Georgia, he was the son of the late Clarence Kelley and Ella Hathococls Kelley. He was a retired factory worker. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Burchett Kelley. Other survivors include one step-son, James Johnson of Michigan; one brother, Bobby Kelley of Plant City, Florida; and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Willard Kelley and two half-sisters, Daisy Lee and Margaret. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 11, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the Endicott Freewill Baptist Church, with Bill Collins and Mames H. Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Collins Cemetery, Buffalo, Endicott, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the Endicott Freewill Baptist Church.

Elhanan “Pete” Grigsby
March 19, 1912-March 12, 2002

E.P. Grigsby of Martin, former mayor and civic leader, passed away on March 12, 2002, after an extended illness. He was one week shy of his 90th birthday. He was prominent in local, civic and political activities for nearly 40 years. He served as mayor and city councilman during this time. Elhanan “Pete,” or E.P. as he was known, was one of six children born to Luke Pryor and Eliza Combs Grigsby. He was the last surviving member of that family, being preceded in death by his siblings: Ester G. Brashear, Kermit Grigsby, Anna Mae Beaven, Bailey Grigsby, and Madeline Grisby. He grew up in Perry County, and was a stellar athlete at Hazard High School, earning an athletic scholarship to Morehead State College. While there he played on the football team, and met and married the late Marena Hayes Grigsby, to whom he was married for 62 years. Shortly thereafter, he taught briefly in the Floyd County education system, and later moved to Martin, where he and his wife began a small business. His business interests multiplied, as did his family, and together they had eight children. He was a pioneer in establishing “New” Martin as a viable business center and town. At the time of his first business, main street was a dirt road, and there were little or no business concerns, and a sparse population in the area. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was honorably discharged. He served as mayor of the City of Martin for 16 years, and an equal amount of time as a city councilman. As mayor, he saw many improvements in the small city, and which on one occasion was identified as the smallest municipality in the United States receiving Federal Aid. He was responsible for getting the first telephone exchange in Martin, and was instrumental in the installation of the modern water purification system. He directed the building of two major housing projects, one is named Grigsby’s Heights, just at the edge of town. His family represented the state of Kentucky in the All American Family Search in Miami Beach, in 1957. They were awarded the Eddie Rickenbacher Trophy as the most popular family, elected by the remaining 50 families represented. In recent years he built and owned the Catalina Motel in Lexington, Kentucky. He had numerous business interests in Martin, Kentucky. He is survived by eight children: Pete Grigsby Jr., of McDowell, Kentucky (Phyllis); Charles G. Grigsby, M.D., of Lexington, Kentucky (Sparkle); David Lee Grigsby of Georgetown, Kentucky; Jerry R. Grigsby, DJP, of Nicholasville, Kentucky; Richard Van Grigsby of Lexington, Kentucky (Phyllis); Stephen J. Grigsby of Lexington, Kentucky; Marena G. Evans of Visalia, California (Gary); and Margaret G. Hamilton of Lexington, Kentuc-ky (Frank). In addition, he is survived by 38 grandchildren (two deceased); and 39 great-grandchildren. His life was a testimonial to the virtue of honesty and hard, steady work. He was a wonderful, generous and loving father and grandfather. Love and respect for his life and work will long endure, and his presence will be painfully missed by those who cared and loved him. Funeral services for Elhanan “Pete” Grigsby will be conducted Friday, March 15, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky. Entombment will follow in the Lexington Cemetery, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.

John Murrell

Age, 78, of Garrett, Ky., died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on October 23, 1923, at Blackie, Ky., he was the son of the late Dudley Murrell and Maude Hartbarger Murrell. He was a disabled coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Nora Bentley Murrell. Other survivors include four sons, Jimmy Darrell Murriell of Indianapolis, Ind., Robert Keith Murriell of Garrett, Ky., Danny Farrell Murriell of Goshen, Ky., James Ray Murriell of Dema, Ky.; one daughter, Carolyn Sue Craft of Hindman, Ky.; three brothers, Dudley Murrell Jr., of Mousie, Ky., Earl Murrell and Jack Murrell, both of Ohio; one sister, Kathleen Patton of Ohio, 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Evelyn Bradley. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 15, 2002, at 12 noon, at the Saltlick Community Baptist Church at Hueysville, Ky., with Carlos Beverly, and others, officiating. Burial will be in the June Slone Family Cemetery, Garrett, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation will be at the Saltlick Community Baptist Church after 7 p.m., on Wednesday.

Shelby Jean Shepherd Mace

Age 64, Prestonsburg, Ky., wife of Harry Mace Jr., passed away Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was born October 11, 1937, in Martin, Ky., the daughter of the late Riley Shepherd and Mary Haywood Shepherd. Mrs. Mace was a homemaker and a member of the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Thomas Compton of Martin, Ky., and Harry Keith Mace of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one daughter, Carol Collins of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Kenneth Ray Shepherd of Martin, Ky.; two grandchildren, Donald Matthew Collins and Kiara Marie Compton. Funeral services for Shelby Jean Mace will be conducted Sunday, March 17, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Manford Fannin and Youl Altizer, officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Bernard J. Piotrowski

Age 83, of McDowell, Ky., husband of Janey Gayheart Piotrowski, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Pikeville, Ky., following an extended illness. He was born October 9, 1918, in Jeddo, Mi., the son of the late Steve Piotrowski and Stella Pace Piotrowski. He was a retired employee of Chrystler Corporation, Hamtramck, Mi., for 27 years, and an U.S. Army, Sgt. World War II. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one step-daughter, Wilma Jean Robinson, Ashland, Ky.; four grandchildren, Cheryle Ann Floyd, Herschel Dale Robinson, Phillip Robinson and Timothy Robinson, all of Ashland, Ky., and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Bernard J. Piotrowski will be conducted Saturday, March 16, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Elder Chuck Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Gayheart-Little Cemetery, Price, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky.

Priscilla Gayle Hall

Age, 63, of Whitney, Tx., formerly of Knott County, Ky., passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Whites-burg, Ky. She was born December 18, 1938, in Kite, Ky., the daughter of the late Bill Hall and Rose Cook Hall. She was an attorney, and a graduate of Texas Wesleyan Law School. She retired from the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and was present legal counsel for a Martin Gamble Corporation. Survivors include two brothers, Carlton Hall and Marshall Hall, both of Whitney, Texas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Terry R. Hall; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David “Sonny” Hall, and her maternal grandparents, Carlisle and June Truman Cook. Funeral arrangements for Priscilla Gayle Hall will be conducted by the Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home, Whitney, Texas.

Joyce Creech Craft Francis

Age, 81, of Sarasota, Florida, (formerly of Lexington, Prestons-burg, Hazard), died Thursday, March 7, 2001, in Littleton, Co. She is survived by her husband, Fred G. Francis (formerly of Prestonsburg), whom she married May 29, 1982, in Lexington, Kentucky. She was born March 20, 1920, in Athol, Ky. She was retired, a graduate of Midway High School, member of the Lexington Club, Lexington Country Club, Sarasota University Club, and Pine Shores Presbyterian Church. Survivors include two daughters, Browning Tinker of Castle Rock, Co., Tina Craft of Centennial Co.; one son, Joe Craft of Tulsa, Ok.; one step-son, Bill Francis of Prestonsburg; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 30, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, Florida. Burial was in the Pine Shores Memorial Garden, Sarasota, Florida. Memorial contributions may be directed to Midway College, Attn: College Relations and Development, 512 E. Stephens St., Midway, Ky. 40347-1120. National Cremation Society was in charge of arrangements.

Ocie Hale Webb

Age, 88, of State Road Fork, Prestons-burg, Ky., died Tues-day, March 12, 2002, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of Bill Hale and Mary Arnett Hale. She was a member of the Chestnut Grove United Baptist Church, and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manis Webb (died February 6, 1996). Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Allen of Salyersville, Ky.; two sons, Billy Joe Webb and Robert Russell Webb, both of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Cora Epperson of Sidney, Ohio, and Rebia Prater of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; three brothers, Eugene Hale of Portsmouth, Oh., Charles Hale of Gettysburg, Oh., and William Hale of Pickway, Oh.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Lou Hackworth; one brother, Cletis Hale; three sisters, Ruth Hackworth, Virginia Bolen and Josie Webb. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 15, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Elders Reuben Lycans and Wallace Calhoun officiating. Interment will be in the Hackworth-Webb Cemetery (Big Lick Br.), Ivyton, Ky., under direction of Carter Funeral Home.

Alma Staley Reed 

Age 99, of Winchester, Ky., formerly of Lackey, Ky., the widow of Rev. Dillard Reed, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, Winchester, Ky. She was born April 27, 1902, in Hueysville, Ky., the daughter of the late John Staley and Margaret Campbell Staley. Mrs. Reed was a homemaker, and a member of the Lackey Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lurlie and Richard Howard of Winchester, Ky.; one granddaughter, Valett Schwartz of Erlanger Ky., and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Alma Staley Reed will be conducted Saturday, March 16, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky. Burial will follow in the Chandler Cemetery, Lackey, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Ruth Spears Baker

Age, 59, of Albion, Michigan, formerly of Floyd County, died Friday, March 8, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on August 10, 1942, in Floyd County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Italy and Minery Boyd Spears. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee E. (Buddy) Baker, whom she married on December 23, 1964. Survivors include one son, Christopher Baker of Marshall, Mich.; one daughter, Lora (Raymond) Stone of Albion, Mich.; and one sister, Corea Lee Spears of Allen, Ky.; and two grandchildren, R.J. Stone and Mason Baker. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Sarah Lee Baker, and one brother, Dee Spears. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Rev. Woody Crum and Rev. Bud Crum officiating. Burial was in the Spears Family Cemetery, Prater, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Coletta Dawn Harris

Age, 37, of Cow Creek, Prestonsburg, Ky., died Saturday, March 9, 2002. Born on March 26, 1964, at Pontiac, Michigan, she was the daughter of Taylor Douglas and Florene Conn Harris of Cow Creek, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was an OB technician, and was a member of the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Trevor Langdon Harris and Steven Douglas Weil, both of Cow Creek, Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Gary Douglas Harris of Prestonsburg, Ky. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Cow Creek, Prestonsburg, with Clifford Austin and Nathan Lafferty officiating. Burial was in the Mosley Cemetery, Cow Creek, Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Pallbearers are: Tony Harris, Paul Dean Crider, Jamie Harris, Mack Johnson, Larry Collins, Martin Minix, Mark Hunt, James Keith Harris, and David William Harris. Visitation was at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Gladys E. Hogan

Age 81, of Troy, Michigan, formerly of Central City, Ky., died Monday, March 11, 2002. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmond C. Hogan. Survivors include her children, Daniel (ZoeAnn) Hogan, W. Douglas (Gail) Hogan, Michael (Virginia) Hogan, Joe (Ann) Hogan, and Jane (Salvatore) Agrusa; two sisters, Peggy (Richard) Richardson and Daniel (Faye) Crum; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia R. Hogan. Visitation will be Wednesday, 3-9 p.m., at Price Funeral Home, 3725 South Rochester Road, (between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads), Troy. In state Thursday, 11:30 a.m. until funeral service, 12 noon, at First Baptist Church of Troy, 2601 John R. Road, (between Big Beaver and Maple Roads), Troy. Interment will be in the Christian Memorial Cemetery, Rochester Hills, under the direction of Price Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Missionary Fund, First Baptist Church of Troy, 2601 John R. Road, Troy, Michigan 48083.

Dorcas Tussey Fannin

Dorcas Tussey Fannin, of Spurlock Fork of Middle Creek in Floyd County, passed away March 10, 2002, at the age of 75. She was born March 1, 1927, the daughter of the late Fred and Julia Haywood Tussey of Spurlock Fork, of Middle Creek, in Floyd County. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Fannin Sr., in 1978, after 31 years of marriage. She was a born again Christian of the Baptist faith. Before her retirement in 1991, following 25 years of service, she worked for the Floyd County Board of Education as a Cook at Clark Elementary School. She is survived by her three children, Betty Fannin Layne of Syracuse, Indiana; Ernest Fannin Jr., of Spurlock, and Deborah Fannin of Oviedo, Florida; one brother, Donald Tussey of Middle Creek; two sisters, Angie Justice of Spurlock; and Lena Mae Hall of Town Branch, Prestonsburg; four grandchildren, Melissa Layne Drongowski of Nashville, Tennessee; James Michael Layne of Syracuse, Indiana; Christopher Fannin of Spurlock; and Pamela Fannin of Georgetown, South Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Christopher Blake Fannin, Alexander Drongowski, and Emilia Layne. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill Tussey of South Williamson, West Virginia; Calvin Tussey of Caney Creek, Curtis Tussey of Lexington, Ky. and Rev. L.P. Tussey of West Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be held at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., on Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Dan Heintzelman and Randolph Crisp officiating. Burial will be at the Lakeview Cemetery near Paintsville Lake in Johnson County.

Audrey B. Little

Age, 78, of Wheelwright, Ky., died Monday, March 11, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on May 2, 1923, at Rush, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Pierce and Mary Ann Tufts Bailey. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Mikey Little. Other survivors include two daughters, Peggy A. Bates and Mary Little, both of Wheelwright, Ky.; three brothers, Vernon E. Bailey of North Carolina, Chester Bailey of Ironton, Ohio, and Paul H. Bailey of Bypro, Ky.; one sister, Juanita Hall of Prestonsburg, Ky.; and three grandchildren, Judy Lynn Miley, Jason Edward Cook, and Stephanie Ann See. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Bailey. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 14, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Anna B. Taylor

Age 64, of Norwalk, Ohio, died Friday, March 8, 2002, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 27, 1937, in Harold, Kentucky, daughter of the late Ransome and Carmie (Castle) Blevins. She grew up in Harold, Ky., and had lived in the New London and Norwalk areas from 1960 until 1974, when she moved to Merritt Island, Florida. She moved back to Norwalk in 2000. She attended the Baptist Church. Mrs. Taylor had been a volunteer at a nursing home in Florida for more than 10 years. She was a homemaker. She is survived by five daughters and sons-in-law, Zina Castle-Roberts and Don Roberts of Norwalk; Glenda and Ted Mason of Monroeville; Gletha and Clyde Sitz of Leeds, Alabama; Lorna Waldrup of Milan; and Sonya and John Verschoor of Cocoa, Florida; a son, Bradley Case of Norwalk; six brothers, Daniel Blevins of Clyde; Glen Blevins of Grundy, Virginia; Clyde Blevins of Harold, Kentucky; Terry Blevins of Jacksonville, Florida; Larry Blevins of Pennsylvania; and Chris Blevins of Georgia; two sisters, Nina Howell of Harold, Kentucky, and Lou Elkins of Crescent City, Florida; 16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Case; her second husband, Jack Taylor; a son, Earl Eugene Case in 1994; a grandson, Joseph Sitz; a brother, James Blevins; and a son-in-law, Donald Castle. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Pat Eulett, of the Springmill Church of God, Mansfield, officiating. Burial followed at Grove Street Cemetery, New London, under the direction of Eastman Funeral Home, New London. Memorials, if desired, may be given to the American Heart Association, Northeast Ohio Affiliate, 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44106-2988.

Joann Tuttle McKinney

Age, 58, of Melvin, Ky., died Monday, March 11, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on January 1, 1944, at Bevinsville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Tom and Debbie Johnson Tuttle. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Shannon Turner. She is survived by her husband, James McKinney. Other survivors include two daughters, Shonna Phillips, and Sherry Compton, both of Melvin, Ky.; two brothers, Virgil Hall of Minnie, Ky., and James Tuttle of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; two sisters, Helen Johnson of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Goldie Bullock of Indianapolis, Indiana; and four grandchildren, Shanna McKinney, Jessica Bartley, Tyler Compton, and Matthew Compton. She was preceded in death by one son, Wallace Turner; one brother, Nick Tuttle; and one sister, Violet Stumbo. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 14, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Turner Cemetery, Garrett, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church.

Beulah Prater

Age 78, of Martin, Ky., wife of Ray Virgil Prater, passed away Friday, March 8, 2002, at her residence. She was born March 1, 1924, in Wayland, Ky., the daughter of the late Millard Beverly and Cora Moore Beverly. Mrs. Prater was a homemaker and a member of the Maytown First Baptist Church, Langley, Ky. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mary June Webb of Allen, Ky., Sandra Lynn Flanery of Martin, Ky., and Theresae Lea Price of Lexington, Ky.; two brothers, Rev. Forrest Beverly of Dayton, Oh., and J.C. Beverly of Fairborn, Oh.; two sisters, Beatrice Porter of Allen, Ky., and Hazel Daughtery of Cincinnati, Oh.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one deceased grandchild, Matthew Webb. Funeral services for Beulah Prater were conducted Sunday, March 10, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Robert Varney, officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Michael Flannery, Allen James, Jeremy Webb, Patrick Price, Lonnie L. Daugherty, and Beecher Hale. Honorary: Jason Webb and Thomas Mathew Webb.

Sherman L. Foster

Age 81, of Drift, Ky., husband of the late Nellie Marie Ward Foster, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Ky., following an extended illness. He was born February 29, 1920, in Martin, Ky., the son of the late Arthur Foster and Emma Shannon Foster. Mr. Foster was a retired coal miner. Survivors include three brothers, Emmit Foster of Cleveland, Oh., Thomas Jefferson Foster of Akron, Oh., William “Billy” Foster of Gautier, Ms., and one sister, Nannie Foster Halbert of St. Mary’s Ohio. Funeral services for Sherman L. Foster will be conducted Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Ted Shannon, officiating. Burial will follow in the Drift Cemetery, Drift, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Robert Meade Jr.

Age, 58, of Ivel, Ky., died Monday, March 11, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on January 2, 1944, at Printer, Ky., he was the son of the late Robert Meade Sr., and Bertha Alice Hamilton Meade. He was a retired factory worker, and a member of the Church of Christ, at Printer. He is survived by his wife, Fredia McKinney Meade. Other survivors include two sons, Howard Vance Meade of Richmond, Ky., and Kenneth Ray Meade of Martin, Ky.; two brothers, James Madison Meade and Phillip Isaac Meade, both of Printer, Ky.; eight sisters, Josephine Yates of Printer, Ky., Delsie Adams of Viper, Ky., Wanda Riley of Harold, Ky., Irene Conn of Martin, Ky., Shirley McKinney, and Ethel Meade, both of Printer, Ky., Gladys McKinney of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Pauline Conn of Morgan County, Ky.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Westley Meade, George Meade, and Henry Meade; and one sister, Viola Meade. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at 12 noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Jack Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Jeff Hunter Cemetery, Printer, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. 

Friday, March 8, 2002

Blanche E. Dingus

Age 84, of Martin, Ky., passed away Thursday, March 7, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was born July 4, 1917, in Martin, Ky., the daughter of the late William “Bill” Dingus and Flora Reynolds Dingus. Mrs. Dingus was a retired administrator for the Floyd County School System, a physical therapist in the U.S. Army, WWII, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, director of the Genealogical Library of the Church, and a member of the Floyd County Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include one brother, Charles Phillip Dingus of Martin, Ky.; three sisters-in-law, Kitty Dingus, Rose Dingus, and Hazel Robinson, all of Martin, Ky., and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Chester Arthur Dingus, Lewis Parker Dingus, Daniel Perkins Dingus, Reynolds Dingus, and Furman Dingus; and two sisters, Rhoda Crawford and Girdell Breeding. Funeral services for Blanche E. Dingus will be conducted Saturday, March 9, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the elders of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the Dingus Family Cemetery, Martin, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.

Vertner Hall Martin

Age 87, of Mousie, Ky., widow of Joel Martin Jr., passed away, Thursday, February 28, 2002, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard, Ky. She was born December 19, 1914, in Dema, Ky., the daughter of the late William Jennings “W.J.” Hall, and Della Martin Hall. Survivors include one son, Gary Lee (Barbara Sue) Martin of Mousie, Ky.; one sister, Eula Mae Jones of Dema, Ky.; three grandchildren, Jason Martin, Chris Martin, and Andrea Hall; and five great-grandchildren, Logan Blake Martin, Ethan Caleb Martin, Mikka Cutting, Whitney Hall and Isaiah Hall. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Georgia Hall Martin and Hermie Hall Martin. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 3, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Whitt Martin Cemetery, Dema, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jason Martin, Chris Martin, Davie Triplett, Brennon Triplett, William K. Jones, Glen W. Jones, Thomas A. Jones, Bobby Jacobs, Johnny Gayheart, and Ricky Triplett.

Ella Ann Parker Scott

Age 60, of Prestonsburg, Ky., wife of Richard Scott, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Ky. She was born July 22, 1941, in Wayland, Ky., the daughter of the late Perry Parker and Geneva Ratliff Parker. Mrs. Scott was a clerk at Scotts Store, and was a member of the Worldwide Church of God. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Rebecca Elaine Wells of Estill, Ky.; one son, Bryan Scott of Prestonsburg, Ky.; five brothers, Bill Tom Parker of Auburn, In., Wendell Parker of Kendallville, In., David Parker of Waterloo, In., Marlin Ronald Parker of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Austin Perry Parker of Waterloo, In.; three sisters, Mary Jacqueline Caudill of Wayland, Ky., Sara Susan Moore of Kendalville, In., and Sally Gibson of Waterloo, In.; two grandchildren, Ricky John Wells of Wayland, Ky., and Victoria Elizabeth Turner of Langley, Ky.; and her niece, Tammy L. Burchett, of Prestons-burg, Ky. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sondra Keown and Oma Parker. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 8, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Barkley Moore, officiating. Entombment will follow in the Highlands Memorial Park, Staffordsville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Mark Caudill, Phillip Caudill, Jeremy Turner, Kenny Burchett, and Angus L. Caudill.

Rhoda Stone

Age, 89, of Mt. Sterling, Ohio, died at 11:15 a.m., Monday, March 4, 2002, in his residence. Born April 16, 1912, in Pike County, Ky., he was a son of Joe and Alice (Lynch) Stone. He was a member of Laborer’s Local Union No. 1445, Catlettsburg, Ky., and a World War II veteran. He loved hunting, camping and the outdoors. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nora B. (Collins) Stone, daughter Georgia (Jack) Scaggs of Range; grandson, Jeffery D. (Audrey) Scaggs of Redding, Ca.; granddaughters, Luana (Tim) Barker of Mount Sterling, Tami (Bob) Snider of Pickerington and Jacque (Tommy) Hutslar of London; seven great-grandchildren, Megan, Jessica, and Heather Barker, Courteney and Troy Snider, and Allen Michael and Taylor Hutslar; sister, Leah Belle Rice of Betsy Layne, Ky.; brother, William (Betty Mae) Stone of Lexington, Ky., and sister-in-law, Etherine Stone of Cadiz, Ky.; numerous nieces and nephews; devoted friends, Glen Estepp and Alvin Toops of Range. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, John L. and Evan Stone, and sisters, Lizzie Robison and Georgia Lewis. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, in the Eberle Funeral Home, London, Ohio, with Pastor Gordon Ell officiating. Interment will follow at the Bethel Cemetery in Range Township. In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions in his memory to Loving Care Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

John Fredrick Smiley

Age, 53, of Versailles and Frankfort, a civil engineer at Kenvirons in Frankfort, died Sunday, March 3, in Versailles. Born in Prestonsburg, he was a son of Otela Spradlin Smiley of Lexington, and the late Vyron Smiley. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his former wife, Carolyn C. Smiley of Versailles. Other survivors include his mother, Otela Spradlin Smiley of Lexington; two sons, Brad Smiley and Keith Smiley, both of Versailles; seven sisters, Jessica Corley of Michigan, Judith Smiley of Texas, Elizabeth Sinor of Waddy, Deborah Sewell of Utah, Veronica Taylor of Cynthiana, Martha Thompson of Lexington, Dinah Smiley of Louisville; six brothers, Ronald Smiley of Virginia, Donald Smiley of Ohio; Vyron Smiley Jr., of Lexington, James Smiley of Ohio, Wayne Smiley of Lexington, Nicholas Smiley of California, and Phillip Smiley of Texas. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Andrew Jackson Smiley and Paul Simpson Smiley. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, at the Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, with Rev. Joe Girdler officiating. Interment will follow at the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Pallbearers will be Josh Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Wayne Smiley, Vyron Smiley Jr., John Sewell, and Douglas Griffin.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Betty J. Thompson

Age 66, of East Point, Ky., formerly of Martin, Ky., wife of Ernest Thompson, passed away, Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was born August 27, 1933, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of the late Johnnie Allen and Armina Conn Allen. Mrs. Thompson was a former seamstress for Chrysler Corporation. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Larry Brewer of Lexington, Ky., Jimmy Brewer of Spokane, Wa.; one daughter, Barbara Jean Hancock of Martin, Ky.; six brothers, Lonnie Allen of Stanville, Ky., John Allen of Mexico, David Allen of Minnie, Ky., Kenneth Allen of Lima, Oh., James Allen of Medford, Oregon, Herbert Salisbury of Wheelwright, Ky.; four sisters, Barbara Halbert of Lexington, Ky., Annette Miller of Detroit, Mi., Myrtle Lambert of Charleston, WV, Irene Horn of Norfolk, Va.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Betty J. Thompson will be conducted, Thursday, March 7, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky. Burial will follow in the Salisbury-Allen Cemetery, Printer, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Dockie B. Pigman

Age 85, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Monday, March 4, 2002, at the Highland Regional Medical Center, after an illness of two years. She was born November 12, 1916, at Dwale, Ky., a daughter of the late Jeff and Ada (Nelson) Prater. She was married to Hargis Pigman who preceded her in death. She was a member of the New Hope United Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons and four daughters, William Pigman, Johnny Pigman, both of Prestonsburg, Ky., Clarence Pigman of Warsaw, Ind.; Ora Lee Pigman, Audrey Pigman, and Ethel Pigman, all of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Ada Church of Hendersonville, N.C.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 7, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Bro. Don Neeley officiating. Burial will follow in the Reynolds Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky. All arrangements are under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Alice Elizabeth Groeniger Garvey

Age, 92, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Riverview Manor Health Care Center, following an extended illness. Born August 13, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Albert Peter Groeniger and Bessie Whitcomb Groeniger. She was a former printing press operator for Strobridge Lithographing Co./Gibson Art Co. She was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ, Norwood, Ohio, for 62 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Garvey, on December 26, 1981. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Alice Garvey (Jim) Carter of Prestonsburg; two grandchildren, Aubrey James Odell (Carolyn) of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Cynthia Ann Branham (William) of Prestonsburg; two great-grandchildren, Jacob William Branham and Kaitlyn Moriah Branham. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Amelia Groeniger; and two brothers, Albert Groeniger and Edward Groeniger. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at 1:30 p.m., at the Vorhis Funeral Home, Norwood, Ohio, with Rev. Howard Storm officiating. Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford, Ohio. Visitation was Sunday at the Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, Ky. Arrangements were under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.

Dewey Hughes

Age 83, of Martin, Ky., husband of Effie Vanderpool Hughes, passed away, Sunday, March 3, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born March 3, 1919, in Martin, Ky., the son of the late Malcom Hughes and Sally Johnson Hughes. Mr. Hughes was a retired coal miner, a member of the Cold Springs Regular Baptist Church, an U.S. Army, World War II veteran, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Leonard Hughes of Lima, Oh., and Charlie Hughes of Claypool, In., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Ousley Cemetery, Caney Fork, Martin, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Leo Roberts

Age 69, of Harold, Ky., husband of Hattie “Sue” Roberts, passed away Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Coal Run Village, Pike County, Ky. Mr. Roberts was born July 13, 1932, the son of Lurlie Salisbury Roberts of Harold, Ky., and the late Harmel Roberts. Mr. Roberts was a retired school teacher for the Floyd County School System, and a former road foreman for the Department of Transportation, an U.S. Army, Korean War veteran, a member of the Betsy Layne Church of Christ, and a member of the Betsy Layne Chapter of the DAV. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by four sons, Stephen Lee Roberts of Betsy Layne, Ky., Timothy James Hatfield of Dana, Ky., Brian Keith Hatfield and Stephen Brent Hatfield, both of Harold, Ky.; one daughter, Teresa Monica Doss of Evansville, In.; four brothers, Charles Roberts of Lincoln Park, Mi., J.D. Roberts of Grethel, Ky., Jerry Roberts of Harold, Ky., Larry Roberts of Dana, Ky.; five sisters, Lydia Steele, Scarlet Stumbo and Tammy Jarrell, all of Harold, Ky., Thelma Spears and Patricia Layne, both of Betsy Layne, Ky., and eight grandchildren. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lydia May Roberts; one son, Billy Roberts, and one daughter, Brenda Roberts. Funeral services for Leo Roberts were conducted Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at the Betsy Layne Church of Christ, Betsy Layne, Ky., with the clergyman, Tommy Spears, officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the church. Pallbearers: Shannon Robinette, Jeff Spears, Joy Roberts, Billie Roberts, Sheldon Roberts, Jody Roberts, Dwayne Roberts, Robin Roberts, Kevin Wagoneer, Ben Wagoneer, and Jeff Wagoneer. Honorary: John K. Blackburn, Alvin Meade, Bobby Senters, Clarence Hayes, Johnny Ray Harris and Orris Hayes.

Oma T. Branham Newsome Reynolds

Age, 89, of Harold, Ky, wife of the late Oscar Reynolds, passed away Monday, March 4, 2002, in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Ky. She was born June 4, 1912, in Pike County, Ky., the daughter of the late Myles Branham and Dulcenia Martin. Mrs. Reynolds was a homemaker, and a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church, Betsy Layne, Ky., since 1958. Survivors include five sons, Minis Newsom of Stanville, Ky., Omer Reynolds of Lantana, Fl., Vernon Reynolds of Printer, Ky., Myles Jefferson Reynolds of Wyandotte, Mi., Kenneth Darrell Reynolds of Trenton, Mi.; four daughters, Dollie Ralph of Carleton, Mi., Thelma L. Clark and Wanda Patierno, both of Harold, Ky., Geneva Wright of Belleville, Mi.; one brother, Myles Branham Jr. of Pikeville, Ky.; three sisters, Faye Lesley of Pikeville, Ky., Ginger Branham of Ocean City, Md., Ann Trichlo of Fairfax, Va., Dinah Viers of Ypsilanti, Mi.; 40 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and second husband, Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by her first husband, Preston Newsom; one son, James C. Reynolds; one daughter, Christine Newsom; and one sister, Opal Parkhurst. Funeral services for Oma T. Branham Newsom Reynolds will be conducted, Friday, March 8, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Tracy Patton officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Bert T. Hall

Age, 47, of Beaver, Ky., died Saturday, March 2, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on October 16, 1954, in Floyd County, Ky., he was the son of Okey Hall and Ruby Hamilton Hall, both of Beaver, Ky. He was disabled. Survivors, other than his parents, include, two brothers, Ralph Hall, and Jody Hall, both of Beaver, Ky.; four sisters, Mary Lou Tackett of Beaver, Ky., Joann Tackett of Grethel, Ky., Deloris Slone of Bevinsville, Ky. and Billie Joyce Stapleton of Harold, Ky. He was preceded in death by one brother, Randy Hall. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hall Cemetery, Beaver, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Tilden Howard Jr.

Age, 53, of Garrett, Ky., died Monday, March 4, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on October 6, 1948, in Lackey, Ky., he was the son of Effie Hicks Howard of David, Ky., and the late Tilden Howard. He was a disabled welder. He is survived by his wife, Burneda Chaffins Howard. Other survivors include three sons, Jerry Donavan Howard of Hueysville, Ky., Glen Ramey of Weeksbury, Ky., and Daniel Ramey of Hindman, Ky.; one daughter, Effie Shannon Howard of Garrett, Ky.; two brothers, Jerry Howard of Garrett, Ky., and Douglas Howard of Topmost, Ky.; two sisters, Teresa Justice of David, Ky., and Edith Martin of Langley, Ky.; two grandchildren, Michael Howard and Joshua Ramey. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 7, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Howard Family Cemetery, Gunlock, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Donald Ray Hamilton

Age, 60, of Teaberry, Ky., died Sunday, March 3, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on May 23, 1941, at Teaberry, Ky., he was the son of the late John Hamilton and Elizabeth Newsome Hamilton. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry, Ky. He is survived by his wife, Alpha Hall Hamilton. Other survivors include three daughters, Angelia Newsome of Grethel, Ky., Raylynn Chapman, and Wendy Conn, both of Kimper, Ky.; four brothers, Charles Dotson of Dayton, Ohio, Emmitt Eugene (Cat) Hamilton, and Bobby Hamilton, both of Teaberry, Ky., and Ricky Hamilton of Pikeville, Ky.; four sisters, Norma Perdue, and Aileen Tripodi, both of Michigan, Margie Castillo of Teaberry, Ky., and Christine Combs of Eastern, Ky.; and four grandchildren, Brittany (BB), Levi (Bo), Seth, and Chase. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Eddie, Gene, Estill, Jimmy, and Tolbie. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at 12 noon, at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the John Hamilton Cemetery, Tinker Fork, Teaberry, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation will be at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church.

Phyllis Fraley Esham

Age 81, of Wayland, Ky., passed away on Friday, March 1, 2002, in the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, after an extended illness. Phyllis was born, September 17, 1920, in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of the late Otto and Grace Webb Crawford. Phyllis was preceded in death by her first husband, the late Sam Fraley. She is survived by her husband, D.C. Esham; one son, Ronnie Fraley of Somerset, Ky.; three daughters, Barbara Finnerty of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Grace Taylor and Carolyn Puckett, both of Wayland, Ky.; two sisters, Sarah Brooks and Dorothy Lenover, both of Danville, Illinois. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 4, 2002, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, Ky., with Matthew Adams officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, Ky., under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Cory Howard, Larry Puckett, Sam Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Chis Bailey, Nick Northrup, and David Finnerty.

Walter C. Gunnell

Age 81, of Martin, Ky., husband of Audrey Stumbo Gunnell, passed away Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville, Ky., following a brief illness. He was born November 14, 1920, in Emma, Ky., the son of the late James Walter Gunnell and Joda Stratton Gunnell. Mr. Gunnell was retired from Columbia Gas and Natural Resources as a field and office worker, he was an U.S. Air Force, World War II veteran, and a member of the Pleasant Home Baptist Church. Survivors, other than his wife, include two sons, Winston J. Gunnell of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Anthony Lyle Gunnell of Martin, Ky.; one brother, Adrian Gunnell of Panama City Fl.; and one grandchild, Ashley Nicole Gunnell. Funeral services for Walter C. Gunnell were conducted Sunday, March 3, 2002, at 10:30 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Mark Tackett and Richard Ginn officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Salisbury, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Sally Ellen Manns

Age, 88, of Allen, Ky., died Sunday, March 3, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on July 20, 1913, in Floyd County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Anderson Hicks and Sarah Jane Allen Hicks. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Old Time Baptist Church, Printer, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Manns. Survivors include one son, Kennith Manns of Allen, Ky.; three daughters, Verna Johnson, Deanna Reynolds and Deborah Stephens, all of Allen, Ky.; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, Mitchell Manns, James Manns, and Junior Manns; two brothers, Luther Hicks and Ed Hicks; three sisters, Ruth Hicks, Birdie Shepherd, and Alice Hicks; three daughters, Edna Blackburn, Anita Manns, and Ethel Manns. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Denzil Sexton and Denver Meade officiating. Burial will be in the Hicks Cemetery, Hippo, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Verna Edith Layne

Age 70, of Harold, Ky., wife of Billy E. Layne, passed away, Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Ky., following an extended illness. She was born March 29, 1931, in Harold, Ky., the daughter of the late Lonnie Clark and Martha Conn Clark. Mrs. Layne was a homemaker and a member of the Boldman Freewill Baptist Church, Harold, Ky. Survivors, other than her husband, include three daughters, Brenda K. Castle of Banner, Ky., Nellie Jean Layne of Harold, Ky., and Gwendolyn Stratton of Ivel, Ky.; one brother, Bobby Jean Clark of Galion, Oh.; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Verna Edith Layne were conducted Monday, March 4, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Boldman Freewill Baptist Church, Harold, Ky., with Belmont Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the church. Pallbearers: Barry Clark, Brandon Castle, Deannie Castle, Darell Castle, Larry Thompson, Devin Thompson, and Randy Smith.

Monday, March 4, 2002

Verlie Frasure

Age, 89, of Galveston, Ky., died Thursday, February 28, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on September 1, 1912, at Galveston, Ky., she was the daughter of the late John and Fannie Hall Hamilton. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Frasure. Survivors include six sons, Ed Frasure of Pikeville, Ky., Eddie Frasure of Alexandria, Va., Tom Frasure, Glen Frasure, Charles Frasure and Garrett Frasure, all of Galveston, Ky.; one daughter, Geraldine Blankenship of Galveston, Ky.; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Imogene Frasure; two sons, Bert Frasure and Palmer Frasure; two sisters, Ollie Blankenship and Brooke Hall. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, March 4, 2002, at 1 p.m., at her residence at Galveston, Ky., with Tommy Spears, Tommy Dale Bush and Junior Kidd officiating. Burial will be in the Frasure Family Cemetery, Galveston, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation will be at the funeral home after 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2002, and after 3 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2002, at her residence at Galveston, Ky.

Dr. James Arnold Campbell

Age 42, of Prestonsburg, husband of Kelli Jo Whitaker Campbell, passed away Wednesday, February 27, in the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington. He was born February 16, 1960, in Prestonsburg, a son of Edward Arnold Campbell and Linda Tackett Wright. He was an employee of Potter Medical Clinic, and loved working with his colleagues and patients. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Oddie Lynne Cooley of Prestonsburg; his stepfather, Rawland Wright and stepmother, Rosa Campbell; and two step-sisters, Terri Ford of Prestonsburg, and Sunni Lynn Banahain of Lexington; one step-niece, Heather Porter, as well as a multitude of friends and colleagues. At the time of his graduation, Dr. Campbell was one of 60 graduates to receive the Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. Dr. Campbell graduated with honors, and was president of PSI Sigma Alpha, a National Honorary Osteopathic Academic Fraternity. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Allied Health from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Campbell was awarded his D.O. degree after successfully completing the four-year WVSOM curriculum. The Osteopathic Medical School curriculum includes two years of basic science study, and two years of clinical rotations. He completed one year rotating internship at Tucson General Hospital, Tucson, AZ., and three years of Rotation training at the Prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additionally, he was treasurer of the Medical staff, Director of Medical Education, and on the Board of Directors for Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Dr. Campbell also served as an adjunct clinical professor at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville. Funeral services for Dr. James A. Campbell were conducted Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Elder Raymond Lawson officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, with the Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements. Visitation was Friday, at the funeral home

Amy Robinson Boyd

Age, 79, of Arkansas Creek, Martin, died Thursday, February 28, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on June 26, 1922, at Martin, Ky., she was the daughter of Henry Bascom and Fannie Crum Robinson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Arkansas Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Vance Boyd. Survivors include four sons, Henry Boyd of Louisville, Ky., Clyde Boyd of Martin, Ky., William Boyd of Celina, Oh., and John Boyd of Clearwater, Fla.; five daughters, Mary Conn of Martin, Ky., Frankie Conley of Van Lear, Ky., Gail Crumley of Shelbyville, Ky., Diane Boyd of Wakeman, Oh., and Fannie Louise (Dot) Boyd of Vermilion, Oh.; 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Martin Virgil Boyd, and Randell (Tad) Boyd; one brother, Edward Robinson; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 3, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the Arkansas Church of Christ, with Ronnie Samons, Roy Robinson, and Ronnie Lee Samons officiating. Burial will be in the Boyd Family Cemetery, Arkansas Creek, Martin, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home after on Friday, at the residence on Saturday, and the funeral at the church on Sunday.

Friday, March 1, 2002

Dorothy Hall

Age, 84, of Marion, Ohio, died Monday, February 25, 2002, at the Marion General Hospital. Born March 13, 1917, in Wheelwright, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Georgie Woods and Mary Branham Woods. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. She had been a resident of Marion for 18 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin Hall, who died January 24, 1988. (They were married September 12, 1931, in Prestonsburg, Ky.) Survivors include two daughters, Alpha Dean (Wyman) Woods and Adalene (Jay Jr.) Little, both of Marion, Ohio; three sons, Palmage (Delores) Hall of Palm Coast, Florida, Ronald T. (Sherry) Hall of Marion, Ohio, and Danny R. (Lillian) Hall of Jacksonville, Florida; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Gene Hall, one grandson, Randy K. Hall and one brother, Darwin Woods. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 1, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home in Martin, Ky., with Rev. Louie Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Arrangements in Marion, Ohio, were by Boyd Funeral Home. Visitation is at Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Memorial contributions can be made to donor’s choice.

Samuel Clarence Stephens

Age 88, of Martin, Ky., husband of Dixie Hicks Stephens, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born March 12, 1913, in Caney Fork, Martin, Ky., the son of the late Thomas Stephens and Mary Tussey Stephens. Mr. Stephens was a retired coal miner, a member of the UMWA, and John W. Hall Lodge 950, F&AM, Martin, Ky. Survivors include his wife, Dixie Hicks Stephens; three sons, Thomas (Ginny) Stephens of Richmond, Va., James (Linda) Stephens of Martin, Ky., Randall (Debbie) Stephens of Paintsville, Ky.; one daughter, Norma Workman of Coshocton, Oh.; three brothers, Rufus Stephens of Martin, Ky., Ruben Stephens and Ed Stephens, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; three sisters, Alice Prater of David, Ky., Alva (Orville) Ousley of Prestonsburg, Ky., Dorothy Reffitt of Rochester, In., 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Grover Stephens; and two brothers, Curt and Darb Stephens. Funeral services for Samuel Clarence Stephens will be conducted Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 12:00 noon, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Lori Vannucci officiating. Burial will follow in the Stephens Cemetery, Caney Fork, Martin, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Anna Mae Hall Stumbo

Age, 94, of McDowell, Ky., died Wednesday, February 27, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on September 19, 1909, at McDowell, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Durran Hall and Mary Spradlin Hall. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church, at Minnie, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Stumbo. Survivors include three daughters, Eleanor Pack of Drift, Ky., Kathleen Prater, and Betty Rae Akers, both of McDowell, Ky.; one brother, Willie F. Hall of Mason, Ohio; three sisters, Edna Sizemore of Prestonsburg, Ky., Jeanie Frisco of Louisville, Ky., and Betty Valone of Columbus, Ohio; 28 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren,. She was preceded in death by three sons, Walter Stumbo, Charles Edward Stumbo, and Bill Kit Stumbo; one daughter, Madeline Schmitz; two brothers, Earl Hall, Verman Hall, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Old Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church, Minnie, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is after 6 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home, and after 10 a.m., Friday, at the Old Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church, at Minnie, Ky. Thursday night services were conducted by Harry Hargus and Ted Shannon. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers: Ross Lewis, Leroy Akers, Willie Hall, Ronnie Hall, Willie Elliott, Greg D. Stumbo, Frank Valone, Terry W. Hall, Hobert Priston, Don Stumbo, Paul Stumbo, Larry Stumbo, Johnny Stumbo, Carl Stumbo, Klein Stumbo, and Earl Jr. Hall.